GMA: Myrlie Evers-Williams Keeps Medgar Evers’ Spark of Change Alive


Good Morning America: Medgar Evers 50th Anniversary of Murder in Mississippi

Medgar Evers was gunned down in front of his home in Mississippi because of his dream of equality. He swam against the flow of the world to create change and hope for his fellow African-Americans. Evers organized voter registration drives and worked on desegregating schools.

GMA: Myrlie Evers-Williams Keeps Medgar Evers' Spark of Change Alive

50 years after her husband Medgar Evers’ death, Myrlie Evers-Williams is keeping his memory and the spark of change he ignited alive.


Evers’ murder went unpunished until the 1990s, when his killer was convicted. His family and friends gathered in Arlington National Cemetary, where Evers is buried, to remember the man that lit the spark of change.

GMA: Myrlie Evers-Williams Keeps Medgar Evers’ Memory Alive

Myrlie Evers-Williams sat down with Robin Roberts 50 years after her husband’s murder. She said that Medgar Evers did everything in his power to ensure that justice prevailed.

“Keep the movement going in your heart,”Medgar Evers told his wife. They knew from the beginning that something bad was bound to happen to him. They had a conversation not long before his death about what would happen if he were killed. Medgar asked Myrlie to stay strong for their family and she said she couldn’t live without him. He told her, “You’re stronger than you think you are.”


Good Morning America: Myrlie Evers-Williams Prayer at Presidential Inauguration

Evers-Williams delivered the opening prayer at President Obama’s Inauguration earlier this year. She said something that her grandmother always told her. “God, make me a blessing.”

Throughout this, Myrlie learned to welcome challenges and changes in her life. She learned that she is much stronger and that she is her own person. She doesn’t let being a widow define her, she uses it to create change. Evers-Williams is so proud of herself and her performance at Carnegie Hall. She got to sing and play the piano. She wore a special red dress and felt so powerful.

“She makes 80 years old look good,” Robin Roberts said.

GMA: Laurence Fishburne: Man of Steel & Perry White

For his role as Perry White in Man of Steel, Laurence Fishburne took the inspiration of famous journalist Ed Bradley. He thought that this man “had the common touch but walked with kings.” He turned a grumpy old man into a strong and knowing man. Fishburne said he was a huge fan of comics and superheros growing up, especially Superman.

In Man of Steel, Laurence Fishburne loves Henry Cavill’s sensitivity, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as the Kents, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as the villain Zod is “incredible.” He never saw himself as Perry White, but he’s “glad someone did.”

“Superman is in every one of us,” Laurence Fishburne said that we all have greatness inside of us.


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